AFL great Kane Cornes has called out Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson for yet another fiery press conference after his teams loss to St Kilda on the weekend.
Clarkson has been vocal in press conferences all year and took another stab at an opposing team after the Saints overcame a slow start against the 16th-placed Hawks at Metricon Stadium on Sunday to secure an 11.14 (80) to 9.12 (66) win.
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"They were playing an interesting game where it's just like a game of keepings-off, really, especially in the second quarter... ," the four-time premiership coach said.
"They might be able to get away with it against us but I don't think that the method itself is going to lean itself to kicking a lot of goals... in terms of trying to win big games and score heavily it'll be interesting to see whether that works for them in the long run."
But Cornes took exception to yet another Clarkson rant and called out the Hawks leader for being ‘out coached’.
“I just think he’s acting like a sook, because he’s not coping with losing. It’s not the first time,” Cornes said on Nine’s Footy Classified.
“He’s had a crack at (Tom) Papley for staging, he’s had crack at the AFL for holding the ball and changing the rules there to suit Hawthorn on the back of them not getting a free kick in a quarter of footy.
“I just think he is acting like a sook and he’s not handling being outcoached by a side that was able to get 25 scoring shots against him.”
Ratten doesn’t respond to Clarkson
At the time, Saints coach Brett Ratten was in no mood to debate Clarkson's criticism post-match.
"That's his comment. We'll focus on what we can do and maybe they could to," he said.
Ratten was pleased with the Saints securing a narrow win after losing their past two matches to Brisbane and Melbourne by less than a goal.
"We've lost four games by a kick or less so to actually control that game towards the end ... Lonie could have passed that ball off maybe but he just took some time off the clock and it's just a little bit of maturity that we're starting to show as a young group," he said.